The day we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ are finally revealed. Well, not really because its been leaked all around the internet. But it’s nicer that we get to see an official launch rather than a pocket full of leaks right? With that, instead of praising it, we’re going to list down all of it’s flaws that you might want to know.
We’re losing the front fingerprint home button
With Samsung going all out with what they call the “infinity display”, we’re going to lose one physical button – the home button which previously houses the fingerprint sensor.
The fingerprint now on the S8 moves up to the back of the phone right beside the camera. But this one is kind of major design flaw. I mean, I’m very comfortable with fingerprint sensors in the middle of the smart phone like the Google Pixel and Huawei P10 – When you’re holding it in a normal way, you can comfortably put your hand on the sensor.
But these stretched out phones of Samsung phones are a little bit taller. Meaning that holding the S8 in a normal positions makes you reach out to the actual fingerprint sensor. Especially the S8+, you’ll have to use two hands or switch to a different holding position when you want to use it. Even if you have a large hands, it’s completely out-of-place.
The battery is somewhat lacking
The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ will most likely have one of the best specifications on a phone right now. It has amazing features but there’s one thing that they didn’t change compared to their older brother – the battery. The only difference between the S8 and S8+ is the battery and the display, no added features on the bigger model or anything like that.
You can find 3000 mAh and 3500 mAh battery life on the S8 and S8+, respectively. You can fairly say that the 3000 mAh battery on the S8 is decent albeit a little small. But keep in mind that one draw on the battery on a smart phone is its display. With these devices having larger display and higher resolutions, it will surely be taking a toll on the battery side of things.
The camera didn’t get any improvements
As you can see in the picture, the both devices didn’t get any significant update to the rear camera. There’s no dual setup to compete with other flagship phones like the iPhone 7, LG G6, or even the Huawei P10. Samsung is going safe with their 12-megapixel shooter with f/1.7 aperture and dual pixel autofocus system. But it’s 2017, every smart phone companies are getting dual cameras on their phones. So why did Samsung go with the flow?
Bixby is confusing
So Bixby does all the things that Google assistant does but it’s Samsung’s own. It will show you a bunch of cards in an order that’s relevant to you. Heck, it even has its own physical button on the side of the phone so Samsung really wants you to use it. It’s really similar to Google Now.
But do keep in mind that this is still an Android phone. It still has Google Assistant on the phone if you long press the button. They are two separate entities that does the exact same thing. It’s weird and it feels like some bloatware app for me. Of course Samsung will have more features embedded into it like image recognition on the camera. But that doesn’t remove the fact that it is similar to Google. And with it having an actual button, the company is committed to go with this all the way.
With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8, you can clearly see that the company is picking the right battles here. There are some categories that you’ll see Samsung going all out – the design and display. But can also see some categories that they’re clearly playing safe with – the battery and the camera. Overall, this is a really nice and futuristic phone. But it is definitely not perfect.